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"Lean" on Labels: What It Now Means

"Lean" on Labels: What It Now Means

The use of the term "Lean" on Food Labeling has a new, expanded meaning as announced recently by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

Under the new rule, labels on meals-on-the-go (such as burritos, pizza rolls, egg rolls, and sandwiches) can carry the word lean if the items have less than 8 grams total fat, 3.5 grams or less saturated fat and less than 80 milligrams of cholesterol per amount customarily consumed (140 grams).

Before this rule change, the nutrient content claim of lean was limited to seafood and game meat products, as well as to meal and main dish products.

Why the change? In the recent news release:

The FDA acknowledges that meals-on-the-go have made their way into consumers' diets as a convenient meal option. With controlled nutrient and portion size, these foods serve a useful purpose in assisting consumers in selecting a diet that is consistent with recommended U.S. Dietary Guidelines...

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